On 9/3/06, Martin AA6E <email@example.com> wrote:
> My tree guy frowns when he sees antenna ropes through tree crotches. It
> can damage the tree. He would like to have it reseated every so often
> so the tree can heal. Much better, I think, to install a screw eye and
> use that for the antenna connection, allowing suitable strain reliefs.
> I wonder if there's any useful "ham thinking" about tree health.
There are two sections in ARRL's _Simple and Fun Antennas for Hams_,
in Chapter 4, "Using (and Abusing) Trees as Antennas Supports (W3AS)"
and "Guidance for Tree Climbers".
The first section is based upon an article that I believe appeared in
Sept 1989 of QST by Doug Brede W3AS entitled, "The Care and Feeding of
Antenna Support - the Tree".
The advice in these articles agree with your tree guy and the screw
-Michael Taylor, VE3TIX
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